This article was published on July 13th, 2010
Looking for a refreshing way to cool down this summer? I highly recommend making some fresh-squeezed, homemade lemonade. It’s quick and simple to make too.
The secret to making great lemonade is starting off making simple syrup. Simple syrup will mix the sugar into the lemonade better and most consistantly than just adding sugar on it’s own.
- Start by making the simple syrup in a small pot. Bring to boil 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Stir until all the sugar is completely dissolved. You can let it cool down and store it in a re-sealable air-tight container in the fridge.
- Squeeze the juice from 4 – 6 lemons. Here’s a great tip – before you cut the lemons, rolled them back-and-forth on the counter – it will release the juices easier. You should end up with about a cup of lemon juice.
- Final step – pour the lemon juice, simple syrup and 4 – 6 cups of ice cold water into a large pitcher. Stir it together. Add ice. You can even add some extra lemon slices if you wanted into the pitcher as garnish.
Serve your homemade lemonade in sugar-rimmed glasses, with a straw and lemon slice.
There you have it – fast, easy and delicious homemade lemonade. If you want to give it an adult kick, I highly recommend gin!